- SS BB? What do you use?
ultegra road BB used with hone cranks. never understood the idea that SS needs to use old technology (i could understand it when isis BB’s were made of cheese) but then SS’ers are a funny lot with their witty one speed stickers and beer bottletop stem caps.Posted 8 years ago
it’s another kind of bike not a niche style exercise.MrSmithMember
it’s like the middleburn thing. they don’t even look that special if you are a style over substance person. they are just old tech overpriced flexy cranks with a square taper interface that’s borked if it gets loose.Posted 8 years ago
i don’t for one minute accept that SS’ing is any harder on bb’s or cranks than ordinary mtb’ing.LionheartMember
Isis on one and its fine with (flexy?) Middleburn cranks and they are fine to. Octalink on my One one and thats fine to. And cheap shimano square taper BB with WI cranks (only problem with them they are so shinny I wonder what is flashing me in the sunshine!) on my 29ner and they are all good to.
I have had to change Isis on the DH bike frequently and the external BB on modern chainsets on all sorts of bikes but I can not remember the last time I changed a square taper or octalink for that matter.
Do really like the Phil Woods BBa and the Royce looks fantastic.Posted 8 years agoswampiMember
If sticking with ISIS i have tried a fair few… SKF was okay but still wore out after a year and a half, the superstar one faired pretty well too lasting a cple of years…also the crank bros where pretty good if you can still find them to buy, they dont last as well as the others but the 5 year warranty means they change the bearings FOC and are really good with their servicePosted 8 years agoDyffersMember
Shimano sq tapers on both the SS Inbred and the fixed Roadrat.
Mate bought some HT2 BB cups/cranks for his road fixed and the bearings died in about 6 months. Went back to sq taper for fit & forget.
Middleburns are flexy but light. White Ind Enos are stiff, shiny and heavy! I’ve also used some Stronglight Impact cranks (the old Sugino XD) on the Inbred, just because I had the right size chainring. They all work well enough.
cheeezzy24 are you getting the idea? 😀Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
White Industries sq taper. I’ve just replaced the bearings after a couple of years as they were beginning to feel a bit rough. they’d probably have lasted another year TBH but I was stripping and rebuilding the rest of the bike so it made sense to do it all at once.Posted 8 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
As above. SKF ISIS last 18 months. Having no probs with the Superstar that replaced it (for a lot less money) but it is on my commuter which is mainly on road. There’re no other ISIS BBs I’d touch.Posted 8 years ago
Square Taper, UN73 (if you can find one) or UN52 for cehapo replacements.
But Hope HTII BB seems to be bombproof. Also running an LX HTII so it’ll be interesting to see how long it lasts…
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